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Cook County Budget

5 Good Arguments for Scraping and Keeping the James R. Thompson Center

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.15.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Thompson Center has been an albatross ever since it opened. The things that make it unique architecturally -- chiefly the vast, open atrium -- make it uniquely unsuited as a workplace.

New Cigarette, Gun Tax Hikes Approved

Posted 11.10.2012 | Chicago

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Friday handily approved the county's 2013 budget, complete with some $40 million worth of new taxes on the s...

Watchdog: County Budget Proposal Good Start, Pension Peril Looms

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A proposed $2.9 billion fiscal 2013 operating budget for Cook County, Illinois, takes steps to address significant finan...

$30 Million? So the Speed Cameras Were About Raising Revenue?

Barbara Popovic | Posted 12.22.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

On this week's Chicago Newsroom, Ben Joravsky and Miguel Del Valle say $30 million dollars may be a lot to expect from speed cameras in the first year.

Cigarettes In Chicago Are About To Get Even More Expensive

Posted 10.18.2012 | Chicago

Cigarettes in Chicago are about to get even pricier, per the budget proposal introduced Thursday by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. P...

Preckwinkle Considering New Countywide Gambling Tax

Posted 10.15.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle may this week announce a new $800 tax on each slot machine and video poker machine in the county as part ...

Preckwinkle Floats Cook County 'Violence Tax' For Gun Owners

Posted 10.09.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has floated a new proposal aimed at addressing the overwhelming impact of gun violence on the county's co...

Should Toni Preckwinkle Halt the Cook County Sales Tax Roll Back?

David Ormsby | Posted 08.28.2012 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released the preliminary Cook County budget for next year and she projects a 12 percent or $267.5 million gaping budget hole. And that's the good news. Next year it will be harder. Much harder.

$267.5 Million Cook County Budget Deficit Projected

Posted 06.28.2012 | Chicago

Cook County will need to contend with a projected $267.5 million shortfall in its next budget, Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday. ...

Cook County Budget Approved: Layoffs, Tax Hikes, Fees Ahead

Posted 11.19.2011 | Chicago

After an all-day meeting, the Cook County Board early Friday evening approved the county's 2012 budget by a vote of 16-1. The $2.9 billion spending...

County Proposes Tax On Car Purchases Via Craigslist

Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has added a new revenue source to the Cook County budget in advance of its vote Friday: a proposed tax on...

Alcohol Tax Hike OKed By County Board

Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Updated story A proposal increasing alcohol taxes by 50 percent in Cook County was approved Monday by the county board, even as some feared the add...

Cook County Could Raise Alcohol Tax By 50 Percent

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

Citing concerns about alcohol abuse, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday announced a plan that would increase alcohol taxes by 5...

Cook County Budget Outlines More Than 1,000 Layoffs; Tax, Fee Increases

Posted 12.24.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's second budget, slated to be officially unveiled Tuesday, is expected to include layoffs of just more th...

In Cook County, One Year Of Juvenile Jail Time Is More Expensive Than A Year At Harvard

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

In advance of releasing her $3 billion spending plan for 2012, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke about one expense she hopes to slash...

Cook County Commissioners Say 'No' To Mandated Furloughs

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

Two Cook County commissioners lashed out Tuesday against a County Board mandate requiring them to join the majority of the county's employees in takin...

Can YOU Fix Cook County's Deficit?

The Huffington Post | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago

How would you fix Cook County’s $315 million budget shortfall? An interactive “Budget” section launched Tuesday on the Cook County government we...

Cops Asked To Stop Making Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

Posted 09.27.2011 | Chicago

When Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took office, she inherited a serious budget shortfall, and called on nearly all county departments t...

Cook County Government Shuts Down For A Day To Save Money

Posted 06.22.2011 | Chicago

Most offices of the Cook County government are shut down on Friday, in an effort to reduce the county's massive budget deficit. The county's 16 hea...

Up To 2,000 Layoffs Coming As Cook County Plans Major Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Toni Preckwinkle won election as Cook County Board President handily. She took wide margins in the primary and the general, from all over the city and...

Peraica Uses Twitter To Rebuke Stroger On County Budget Cuts

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica defied Board President Todd Stroger's claim that his critics have no solutions to the county's budget woes by of...

County Workers Stockpile Over $2 Million In Overtime Pay

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If Joseph Lafata were to retire anytime soon from his job as a maintenance supervisor with the Cook County Highway Department, he'd have a nice cushio...

What Recession? Cook County Officials Submit Gilded Wish List

NBC Chicago | Steve Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Who says times are tough? It's all leather chairs and granite countertops these days for Cook County officials. "The recession and Cook County budget...

Do You Think 700 Million Dollars is a Lot of Money?

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

When the Cook County budget comes up for a vote in the coming week, we will be dealing, yet again, with a patchwork set of fixes, an ill-conceived borrowing scheme, and a lack of attention to the real problems.

Cook County Trims Millions In Budget Fat

Daily Herald | Rob Olmstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Well, what do you know? There was some fat in that Cook County bond budget after all. Or at least things that county departments could forego for one ...